Production of BMW X5 4.8is High Performance Model Underway

Greer, S.C. - 04/16/2004

Production of BMW Manufacturing’s newest X5 4.8is high performance Sports Activity Vehicle has begun. The new vehicles will go on sale at dealerships later this month.

The X5 4.8is is the new top-of-the-line model in the BMW X5 Series. The model combines sporting and dynamic design elements (double-axle self-leveling; newly-designed front and rear air dam; double oval tailpipes; intelligent xDrive all-wheel drive system; extra-large panorama glass roof) as well as exclusive colors and materials found only on the X5 4.8is.

The biggest change, however, is under the hood where a 4.8-liter high-performance V8 engine will produce 355 hp. The engine is the most powerful powerplant found in the X5 model and features BMW’s VALETRONIC valve control, bi-VANOS, and a fully-variable intake manifold. Both intake and exhaust systems have been modified to increase output.

BMW Manufacturing Co. is a BMW Group company. Its website address is In addition to the South Carolina manufacturing facility, BMW’s North American companies include sales, marketing, design and financial services operations in the United States, Mexico and Canada, as well as throughout Latin America.

Production Figures

  • 2018 Production - September
    • X3 Vehicles: 11,521
    • X4 Vehicles: 4,331
    • X5 Vehicles: 6,658
    • X6 Vehicles: 2,700
  • Number of jobs – 10,000
  • U.S. suppliers – 300
  • South Carolina suppliers– Over 40

Media Contacts

Sky Foster

BMW Manufacturing Co.
P. O. Box 11000
Spartanburg, SC 29304


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